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Our staff had so much fun demonstrating all the varied ways you can “read” Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to your little ones. What follows are some of the creative ways our therapists and educators “read” the book in the video.
1)Read the book, pausing in various parts so that your child can fill in the blanks. “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a ______”.
2)Act out the book, using lots of gestures as a way to pair fine motor and literacy skills together!
3)Make copies of each of the animals, cut them out and play a color matching game, matching each animal to their respective colored dot.
5)Don’t forget to enhance those gross motor skills by acting out the book, using your whole body! Reach, stretch, jump, flap, crawl!
6)Use touch cues to show your child where and how sounds are made.
7)Enhance those fine motor skills by allowing your child to turn the pages themselves and to isolate their index finger to point to the various animals.
8)Add songs that you already know to the book – not only are you enhancing literacy with music, you’re helping your child associate prior knowledge with a new book. “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” are two that come to mind!
9)Laying on your tummy to read books helps build shoulder stability. Did you know that?
10)Snuggling your little one on your lap is a great way to bond. Interact with the book together –wave to the animals, point to body parts on the animals, talk about the colors. Have a treasure hunt to see if you have animals around the house that can be matched to the pictures!